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Yes, Climate Change is real - 6 simple steps to act upon it

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Climate change is the most pressing issue we are facing, yet we are largely contributing to it.


Proper energy usage, public awareness on climate change, food supply management, and effective forest and coastal management to mitigate deforestation and the rising sea level can solve this problem.


Here’s your handy guide to simple strategies to mitigate Climate Change and Global Warming.




 

6 easy ways you can help:


1) If you can't reuse it, refuse it! Say no to plastic.


Plastic in any form or of any quality is harmful to the environment. Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world. Normally, plastic items take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-20 years to decompose, while plastic bottles take 450 years.


Instead of using plastic:

  • Use reusable bottles and travel with your water bottle

  • Avoid the use of single-use plastic bags

  • Avoid the use of single-dose packages. This includes personal care products or even snacks

  • Avoid plastic straws and use those made of glass, paper, bamboo, or steel

  • Instead of buying products enclosed in plastic packaging, choose those in glass or paper


2) Invest in renewable energy


Explore the idea of installing solar panels, small wind turbines, or a heat pump at home.


If the use of renewable energy is not an option for you, then consider ways of reducing the energy consumption at home, like using energy-efficient appliances or turning the lights off.



3) Add more plant-based meals to your diet to reduce the consumption of meat


The production of meat and other animal-based products is associated with a high environmental impact and is contributing to climate change (1).


We know that giving up meat is not easy. You can start by:

  1. Eating lots of vegetables and greens

  2. Use vegetable oil instead of butter

  3. Cook vegetarian meals for a whole day at least once a week

  4. Include whole grains for breakfast

  5. Eat fruit for dessert


4) Whenever possible, use public transportation


Our personal vehicles are a major cause of carbon dioxide emission, which largely contributes to Climate Change.


If your daily life depends on your vehicle, you can consider other options, like driving the speed limit, and combine as many errands as you can in one trip or even better.


Another option is choosing a hybrid car or one that consumes less petrol.



5) Reduce food waste and consume local produce


Roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. This inevitably also means that huge amounts of the resources used in food production are used in vain and that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of food that gets lost or wasted are also emissions in vain (2).


One simple way to reduce food waste is to make a meal plan for the week before going grocery shopping. And don't forget to bring your shopping list!



6) Reduce water waste

A great amount of energy is used to pump and treat water, so conserving water conserves energy that reduces greenhouse gas pollution. You can help by fixing any leaks at home or even taking shorter showers.



Take the necessary measures today!


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References


(1) Hedenus, F., Wirsenius, S. & Johansson, D.J.A. The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets. Climatic Change124, 79–91 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1104-5


(2) Gustavsson, J., Cederberg, C., Sonesson, U., van Otterdijk, R., and Meybeck, A. (2011). Global Food Losses and Food Waste. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Available at: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ags/publications/GFL_web.pdf (accessed 22 December 2011).


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